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Alexander-Arnold Advances to FIFA Semi-Final After Commanding Win over Newcastle

The fullback will face off with former Red Raheem Sterling in the semi-final.

Liverpool FC v Newcastle United - Premier League Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

After yesterday’s 5-1 thrashing of Manchester United in Sky Sports’ online FIFA 20 tournament, Trent Alexander-Arnold took on Newcastle’s Christian Atsu on Friday morning, and the 21-year old put on a dominant display.

After conceding an early goal to Allan Saint-Maximin, young Trent took full control of the match, and unlike yesterday’s clash — in which the scouser rode his luck and Alisson’s ability at times — this time it was the Liverpool man who was profligate, hitting the post twice and forcing Martin Dubravka into numerous saves.

True to form, Alexander-Arnold’s game plan relied on an aggressive counter press and slick combination play between the front three to control the game and create chances, with a Roberto Firmino brace bookending goals from Mohamed Salah and Georginio Wijnaldum to make the win a comfortable one.

Trent will take on former Liverpool wideman Raheem Sterling in tomorrow’s semi-final against Manchester City, after the City winger defeated Everton’s Andre Gomes 4-2 in their game earlier today, and the winner will face either Burnley’s Dwight McNeil or Wolverhampton’s Diego Jota in the final on Sunday.

Absent our regular sporting fix, we here at the Liverpool Offside will be paying embarrassingly close attention.

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